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Chef David Santos comments on "Teen Chef" Flynn McGarry's popup

Didn't realize the background story... Not to draw causation, but the anger makes a lot more sense. Who isn't jealous of "rich kids with silver spoons"? I grew up in relative poverty until my parents finally reached middle upper class as I was heading off to college. As a 20 year old, I resented all the rich kids at my college who had it easy but over time I realized two things. 1) life is unfair sometimes, deal with it 2) much respect for the kids who work their butts off, regardless of class. Santos could learn those life lessons still.

4 minutes ago
FattyDumplin in Food Media & News

Chef David Santos comments on "Teen Chef" Flynn McGarry's popup

fooder, totally appreciate your thoughts on this. i suspect our biggest "disagreement" is in the word "chef". I just have a much looser definition and having never worked in the food industry, i perhaps don't have enough of an appreciation for the word and what it entails. the parallel would I am an investment banker, and i get incredibly annoyed when i hear about other less rigorous (relatively) finance sector jobs referred to as "investment banking." that said, while i may take exception, i never exude the vitriol that this guy did in his rant. i don't care if he was frustrated or not - what he did to this kid is totally unfair and uncalled for.

re your other points:
1) totally agree. that was my biggest question in all this. i know the kid can cook, but no one really addressed his chops in running a kitchen. i'd be curious to hear more on that.
2) i wasn't referring to the new money d-bags. it was the spawn of said d-bags. so many of my co-workers and acquaintances have kids that are just total wastes of space, so my point was a rich kid (frankly, any kid) who's busting his ass chasing a passion should be praised, not scorned.
3) i've been to plenty of top restaurants where the menu barely changes from year to year, let along week to week. great food is great food.

all this said, i do get where he comes from. we all want to see the next generation earn their accolades. but in my opinion, the way he went about it was totally off base and makes me dislike him.

about 4 hours ago
FattyDumplin in Food Media & News

Chef David Santos comments on "Teen Chef" Flynn McGarry's popup

am I really in the minority view that this guy David Santos, is way off base and a total d------bag to boot?

I'm just parsing through Santos' idiotic rant and I'm disgusted:
- The word "chef". Defined typically as something along the lines of "the chief cook, especially in a restaurant or hotel, usually responsible for planning menus, ordering foodstuffs, overseeing food preparation, and supervising the kitchen staff." Isn't that precisely what Flynn is doing at these pop-ups?

- "I shit this morning more knowledge and life on the line then a 16 year old has." Irrelevant. If experience was all that mattered, then we'd just have old people in all the senior jobs. That's not true, pretty much in any industry. Based on everything I've read, Flynn seems pretty well respected but chefs far more accomplished than Santos, who have actually worked with him and tasted his food. I'll take their views over his any day.

- "Not doing trails that your family pays for." Jealous a bit? I live in Silicon Valley surrounded by new money d-bags. A lot of those kids are lazy, do no gooders. This kid is able to pursue his passion and by all accounts, appears to be hard working and actually have talent, because his family can fund him. What exactly is wrong with that? The rich shouldn't have to apologize, which increasingly I find is a common theme in the U.S. More rich kids should be doing what Flynn is and actually making the most of the opportunities they are given.

- "And any idiot that works 3 days a week can put together a couple great tasting dishes." Clearly not true. You could give me 3 years and I'd still be an average to slightly above average cook.

More I think about it, the more he annoys me. What i'd be curious about with the pop-up is whether the kid is actually running hte kitchen or if he has someone helping him. I'd be interesting to see how he actually runs the kitchen as a 16 year old.

about 7 hours ago
FattyDumplin in Food Media & News
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Great Pho at Pho Va, Eden Center

Wow, havent' been to pho sate in 15 years, but used to love that place. Good stuff and love that little dish of sate sauce!

Nice lunch with wife (cupertino / saratoga / los gatos)

thanks for all the great suggestions. I have east coast alice on my list to do for dinner this weekend because menu looks awesome. For friday, i'm thinking Wine Cellar... i'm a finance guy and after these past few weeks of crazy markets, i need a few glasses of good vino :)

about 23 hours ago
FattyDumplin in San Francisco Bay Area

Remember Joe Carcione?

wow! i haven't heard that name in decades... i live int eh bay area now but grew up outside philly. i still remember the joe carcione the green grocer with the tip of hte day spots and used to ltove them. i have no idea why but i think it may have been the voice.

Nice lunch with wife (cupertino / saratoga / los gatos)

having a lunch "date" with my wife this friday. struggling for ideas where we can get a nice lunch different from what we usually do (chinese)... wife suggested little sheep (romantic, i know.) i was intrigued by east coast alice in saratoga downtown. but would love to hear ideas in the area. we're very open on cuisine, but looking for something not on the too heavy side.

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

its solid. not a ton of variety, but the stuff they have is good quality. however, it is very expensive for what you get, which is why i don't go. if you like tomi but dont want to wait, akane is worth trying

Washington Post: How it feels when white people shame your culture’s food — then make it trendy

that's really funny!

Sessanta

We used to live there! Had to click on this thread when I saw the title... Great building, a bit out of hte way if you have young kids and have to push double stroller uphill to TWC to get anywhere though!

Sep 01, 2015
FattyDumplin in Manhattan

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

I've done Akasaka and Naomi, but never went back. Perfectly serviceable as you say, but not enough to make me content to satisfy a sushi itch there. In the general area, I do enjoy Akane in LA and Tomi in MV. On the margin prefer Tomi for the greater selection but Akane is a bit easier to get into. Sam's is good, but imo, way oversauced... Some like that, just not my bag, but he does get good fish and other stuff.

Washington Post: How it feels when white people shame your culture’s food — then make it trendy

I sort of found the article boring and kind of silly. "white people" never shamed my culture's food. immature kids shamed my culture's food. huge difference.

The most awesome takeaway in the article? her dad bought a freaking 5 foot long fish tank so he could do live steamed fish at home. i thought i was badass for buying live fish at ranch and steaming them within an hour of being in the tank live. i am nothing compared to this.

Overcharging at Whole Foods

Weird... We do half our shopping at WF, across a range of raw / prepared products. My wife is notoriously anal about scanning the receipt before we leave and she has never caught an overcharge.

I will say that this past week, I had originally picked up an organic shallot and then decided to be a cheapa-- and get it at my local asian store instead. I got to the checkout and told the clerk I didn't need the shallot anymore. He says "you know it will only cost about $0.30, right." I wanted to say so much more, but just left it at "why would I pay $0.30 for something I don't need?"

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Totally...all I ever do for work dinners and lunches are ev via, Madeira and village pub. For finance / lawyer types, it's the default. And I'm pretty sick of it, even if the food is solid.

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Yeah, that darn hyperbole gets me every time. I was thinking more in terms of ethnic cuisines since that's what got mentioned mostly prior.

Just curious, where do you like in menlo for sushi?

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

You are correct! Sanchos.

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Pancho's is solid. I'm a big fan of their fish tacos (i typically get the non-battered version)

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

and by the way, its one of the biggest reasons (more space for the money, better weather also) that we ended up moving further south to Saratoga. We now live within 10 minutes of very good chinese, korean, indian, mexican, vietnamese food given access to cupertino, santa clara, sunnyvale and san jose. in my opinion there is a relative deadzone of food from los altos up through san carlos, until you hit san mateo / burlingame / daly city and the like.

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Yeah, that could definitely be an issue. Sort of links to my thesis that the populace in the immediate vicinity of University doesn't really want "authentic" per se and so you're not going to get a lot of risk taking as a result.

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

i don't think that's the issue... certainly not the disposable income point. perhaps people entertain more, but walking down University on wknds / wdays, sure doesn't seem like foot traffic is the issue.

i'd offer up this alternative explanation. most of the restaurants mentioned thus far are ethnic (chinese, indian, mexican, vietnamese, etc.) if you think about the immediate vicinity of University, so north PA and menlo park, its a very affluent, pretty caucasian heavy population. in that vein, you can get away with offering dumbed down cuisne, and like do better. as you get closer to south PA, which from my experience is more diverse, into Los Altos / Mountain View, that's when you start to get some pretty decent ethnic eateries. Just a theory of mine...

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

ha. i go there before 11:30. can generally beat the lunch crowd consistently.

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

i like oren's a lot. when i'm in the mood for kabobs and hummus, i haven't found a place nearby that i enjoy more.

Skittles are a 'food', correct? Need help!

thats what i do and it hasn't failed me yet...

Aug 25, 2015
FattyDumplin in Not About Food

So did you just wear the stain ?

that is me also. i don't get it. i walk out of dinner / lunch with random stsains on the cuffs, front of shirt, the tie. I drink my coffee at my desk and probably 4 - 5x a year, i spill it on me... probably half those times because i'm snortling at some snarky or funny comment on chowhound.

Aug 25, 2015
FattyDumplin in Not About Food

Spiny Lobster in Northern California (When in season...)

isn't spiny lobster a warm water breed? I may be mistaken, but ive never seen it in the bay area. always in LA / SD and the Caribbean.

Does dried Chinese sausage ever go bad?

thats how my gramps used to do it. loved eating them like hot dogs in a bun.

Aug 24, 2015
FattyDumplin in General Topics

Ike's Love & Sandwiches in Serramonte

you know, i do have to be fair. it wasn't that the sandwiches were bad. they were decent. but man, that price point. some sandwiches at $9.99, but then a bunch in the $12 - 14 range. that just offended me.

thx for the bahn mi rec. will have to check it out next time i'm there.

Skittles are a 'food', correct? Need help!

not sure about dried blood, but i know with fresh blood stains, hot water is not a good thing. soak in cold and dab. i believ ethe idea was that the hot water could "cook" the proteins in blood and effectively set the stain. that said, not sure what that means for already dried blood.

Aug 24, 2015
FattyDumplin in Not About Food

Ike's Love & Sandwiches in Serramonte

from Ike's or elsewhere? truth be told, i'm not a huge sandwich person althgough i eat them almost everyday for lunch at work during the week for convenience. that means the willow market in menlo park which makes some really good sandwich combinations. also a fan of bahn mi although haven't found a good place. there is an amato's cheesesteak shop down in San Jose on Saratoga ave that I frequent on weekends as well.

as for Ike's, i can't really recall what i had there, i believe a brisket sandwich and then an in italian sandwich and neither one really impressed me.

Ike's Love & Sandwiches in Serramonte

Eh, they get rave reviews from colleagues but to me, they're way overrated. Clearly better than your run of the mill sandwich but at a much higher price point, if I recall right. Sorry touch on your yum, but just never gotten the Bay Area love for this chain.